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Plandome Fire Dept. Centennial

This past Saturday, the residents of Plandome gathered on their front lawns and along the Village Green for a fantastic parade. Children and adults of all ages were fascinated by the parade of antinque fire engines, sea of red shirts (Plandome’s color), junior firefighters and neighboring firefighters, along with fire trucks and emergency vehicles that streamed past. Young children adorned with their own fire hats watched to see their dad or grandpa march by on the marked parade route which ultimately ended at the Village Green and an enormous tent which was set up for the day’s festivities.

Plandome’s Chief Kevin Murphy welcomed everyone to celebrate Plandome’s milestone. Plandome firefighter Mike Temeres commented “we have been planning it for two months now” when speaking about the weather “we ordered it.”

The post parade celebration was an Oktoberfest which included a delicious barbecue featuring grilled sausages and a tasty assortment of Oktoberfest foods. A refreshment tent was set up and the conviviality was apparent. Tables were set with a barrel of Bavarian pretzels set up as the perfect centerpiece. Copies of Plandome Firefighters 100th Anniversary journal were strategically placed at each table. An oom-papa band created an wonderful background cacophony reminiscent to Oktoberfests in Germany. On the Green, children lined up with their parents to jump in the bouncy fire dog, slide down the avalanche and climb up the huge ten foot slide. Training these youngsters for future fire fighting perhaps.

According to Murphy, Plandome has “108 active members and is proud to be a part of the fire service’s tradition of giving back and protecting our neighbors. Such dedication has been the hallmark of the Department since its founding on December 3, 1913.” Originally, the group was called the Plandome Hose and Chemical Company. Their hand-drawn equipment amounted to a single hose reel and a chemical engine, which was essentially a forty gallon soda-acid fire extinguisher.  Both carts were stored in the basement of Village Hall. The fire alarm was the split ring iron gong that still stands today, suspended between two locust posts on the north side of the building. Manhasset Lakeville Firefighter Rich Ruggerio commended Plandome saying “here is to one hundred years of mutual aid.”